Sweet-ease® for Infant Pain Relief
Sweet-ease® is an oral liquid made of sugar (sucrose) and water that can be used to decrease pain
When can Sweet-ease® be used?
This is a list of examples of minor procedures where Sweet-ease® can be used:
ξ Poking a heel for a lab
ξ Poking a vein for a lab draw
ξ Inserting an IV into a vein
ξ Inserting a catheter into the bladder
ξ Poking an arm or leg for an immunization
Who can use Sweet-ease®?
In general, Sweet-ease® can be used for infants 6 months and younger.
Who should not use Sweet-ease®?
Sweet-ease® is not typically used if your infant i cannot have anything to eat or drink but you
can check with your provider as some do allow it.
Sweet-ease® is used for minor procedures. It is not used for fussy infants.
How is Sweet-ease® used?
To give Sweet-ease®, dip a pacifier into the Sweet-ease® and have your infant suck on the
pacifier. If a pacifier can’t be used, a 1mL syringe can be used to drop a few drops on the front
part of your infant’s ’s tongue. Giving Sweet-ease® with a pacifier may give better pain control
than using Sweet-ease® alone.
As a parent, you can give Sweet-ease® to your infant. Your infant’s nurse can also give it.
Sweet-ease® works best if given two minutes before the procedure starts. It is then given every 2
minutes during the procedure, but no more than 4 times total. After the procedure, any leftover
Sweet-ease® is thrown away.
For more information about whether Sweet-ease® is a good option for your infant, ask your
infant’s doctor or nurse.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 1/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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